Category Archives: Awards, Contests, and Programs

Bates-Andrews Research Day

Thank you all for your support and participation on Bates-Andrews Research Day! 

It was a very successful event, and we want to acknowledge not only the winners, listed below, but also all of the students who participated and the many faculty who assisted with judging and mentoring our student researchers. The commercial exhibitors provide the funding for this event. We appreciate their support and thank everyone who visited their tables. Special thanks go to our Keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Milman, who gave an excellent presentation on “Distilling Your Message”, strategies for effective communication in research and in practice.

If you would like to see some photos from the event, the Bates Student Research Group posted a bunch on Facebook and Instagram: @bsrg   #BatesDay2017

Winners of this year’s Bates-Andrews Day are as follows:

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New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society Scholarship

Another great scholarship opportunity: New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society Scholarship!

In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled for the upcoming academic year (2017-2018) at an accredited medical or dental institution.
  • Be a member of the New England Hellenic Medical & Dental Society, and be of Hellenic descent.
  • Demonstrate strong academic performance and/or financial need.
  • Display an ongoing interest and commitment to the health field and to Hellenic issues.
  • Be able to be present on May 6, 2017 to accept the award.

The application for this scholarship is available online. Applications are to be filed directly with the NEHMDS scholarship committee no later than April 10th, 2017. Questions should be directed to the NEHMDS at

Student Research Grants from Tisch Community Research Center

Deadline: Wednesday, March 15

The Tisch College Community Research Center at Tufts (TCRC) is a collaborative of Tufts researchers and community representatives from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford. A new request for proposal (RFP) solicits requests for micro-grants to support community-engaged student research. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. We hope that students who apply will also consider joining our list of students involved with community engaged research. Find the RFP information here and contact TCRC Director with any questions.

Funding Available for Post-Election Events!

Tisch College is pleased to continue supporting political learning and engagement by offering special funding to student groups and organizations for events connected to the 2016 presidential election. Applications will be considered for events that address the social, policy, and economic implications of the election, and funding is available for all types of organizations—political groups, activist groups, culture groups, music collectives, sports teams, Greek organizations, language societies, etc.—representing all political ideologies and perspectives.
Email Deena Alexander with any questions!

Uncapping the Truth Behind Sweetened Beverages| Andrew Lum (D18)

Andrew Lum, D18 is Runner Up in ADA/CAAP Health Literacy Essay Contest!

A loud shout-out of congrats to Andrew for his win in the ADA’s Health Literacy Essay Contest for Third-Year Dental Students. Please read this submission below.

Uncapping the Truth Behind Sweetened Beverages

By Andrew Lum, D18

About Sweetened Beverages:

The increasing availability of sweetened drinks has become a global health issue over the past decade, raising several questions about the impact on obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and dental decay. Numerous studies have shown that individuals who regularly consume one or more beverages sweetened with sugar, have a greater incidence of tooth decay.1, 2

In addition to carbonated soft drinks, alternatives such as fruit juice, energy drinks, and even smoothies now contain added sugars which can just as easily damage your teeth—prompting a visit to the dentist.

How do Cavities Form?

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Hispanic Dental Association Wins Second Place in Colgate’s Nuestros Niños Contest

Written by: Elizabeth Betances (D18)

The Hispanic Dental Association launched Nuestros Niños, a Colgate-sponsored contest through Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) Chapters to address oral health care issues with Hispanic children under 6 years old. Students are to develop a creative program, tool or educational instrument based that educates on the importance of dental care, good oral hygiene habits and dietary advice. Mothers of the children are to be involved in the testing and refinement of the program. This nationally held competition allows for one submission per chapter.

Designing this tool consisted of evaluating what barriers Hispanic families are facing to finding dental care for their children, develop a tool that would assist in overcoming that barrier, and then testing the prototype in the community. Tufts HDA team developed “Sonrisas Sanas Son Salud,” a fun and colorful comic strip that educates parents and children on brushing and flossing habits, nutrition, dental visits, fluoride use, and the importance of parental supervision in home care. On the back of the comic strip is a 6-month calendar with space for parents to check off daily brushing and flossing, that will ultimately be revised by the child’s dentist. The tool is a fun visual aid that emphasizes proper oral hygiene, home care compliance, parental involvement, and the development of a dental home.

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D17s and Postdocs–Apply to Honos Civicus!

2016 TUSDM Honus Civicus Inductees

Have you demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and civic engagement? The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service are accepting applications for the Honos Civicus Society Class of 2017 at TUSDM. Honos Civicus, Latin for “Civic Honors,” celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating predoctoral and postdoctoral students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon TUSDM’s community involvement while creating an alumni network of health professionals who are excited to continue their commitment to active citizenship throughout their careers.

Applications Due Feb. 26th!

For more information and the online application:

Additional Questions? Contact Professor Kathryn Dolan or Nancy Marks, Dept. of Public Health, TUSDM